Melanie Lim

Melanie Lim

A Certified Public Accountant with master’s degrees in Business Management and English Language Teaching, Melanie T. Lim was born and raised in Cebu. While proudly homegrown, she concedes her time in the United States as well as the People’s Republic of China has shaped her internationalist views. Her multicultural orientation stems from her love of travel which has brought her to 47 countries. In 2000, she was awarded the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Award (CAMMA) for Best Column. Writing is one of her passions, the other three being traveling, designing and doing housework. She is a certified workaholic who continues to work at seriously learning “how to chill.”


Beautiful girl

The city is agog over a beautiful girl. Well, this certainly doesn’t raise eyebrows. This beautiful girl, though, has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

She first gained notoriety last August when she was caught shoplifting from a boutique. The shopkeeper was so mesmerized by her beauty that the girl was able to calmly walk out of the shop wearing and bringing stolen merchandise.

Storm watch

As I sit and wait rather nervously for Typhoon Ruby to unleash its fury in our islands, I hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

As we have already been told, it’s not just the winds (which currently are weakening and then strengthening again) we should prepare for but the rains which can actually pose greater danger to all those along the storm’s path.


Davao City has a liquor ban which prohibits the serving, selling and drinking of intoxicating drinks along city streets, parking areas and uninhabited places from 1 to 8 am. I wish every city in the country would follow Davao’s ordinance.

I’m not against alcohol consumption. But I’m wary about the consequences of alcohol consumption gone awry. I don’t think it’s harmful for anyone to enjoy a drink once in a while but when people can’t stop at one or two drinks or can’t get through the day without a drink, they might want to evaluate their drinking habits.

Don’t drive

ACCORDING to the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PHP-HPG), road accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is the top cause of road accidents in the country.

Unsafe city

I guess Mayor Mike Rama has finally had it. The string of robberies in the city is finally getting to him. Now, the mayor is threatening to withhold the city government’s monthly allowance to cops and to actually kick some non-performing cops out if more robberies occur.

I’ve lived in Cebu for most of my life and I have to say that the past few years have seen an alarming trend of urban crime ranging from bag-snatching to armed robbery. And the tragic thing about it is that most of us simply accept it as the new norm.

The list

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay has asked the Senate not to cite him for contempt for failing to appear on Oct. 30 as ordered.

In a letter dated Nov. 5, Mayor Junjun’s lawyer, Claro Certeza, claims that his client could not be faulted for his non-appearance as the Senate had failed to respond to the mayor’s request to be furnished the list of questions that would have been asked of him during the Senate inquiry. According to Certeza, it is settled jurisprudence that his client has the right to request such information.


THE killing of 26-year-old transgender woman Jennifer Laude (born Jeffrey Laude) was, without doubt, unjustified. It was not a case of self-defense but I don’t believe it was murder, either. I don’t believe the killing was intentional or premeditated. I think it was homicide.

Was it a hate crime? A hate crime is a crime motivated by prejudice against a particular group based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Was Jennifer killed because she was a transgender woman? Yes and no.

Ill but happy?

A RECENT Sun Life Financial Asia study reveals that Filipinos are among the unhealthiest in Asia. The study which covers eight markets across the Asia Pacific region shows that the Philippines has the highest levels of family history of chronic illness as well as preventable medical conditions.

Over the hill

There is nothing like illness that makes you seriously think about your impending loss of invincibility. We’ve always known that we won’t live forever but death seems remote when you are young, strong and healthy.

Well, those were the days.

Posting 101

I came across an article some months back about what NOT to post on Facebook. This was the nth article on the subject I had read but this one, I must say, seemed particularly vile.

The author of the article had a long list of what NOT to post on Facebook—kids, pets, significant others, relationships, successes, failures, volunteer work, report cards, food, sunsets, selfies, quotes…I tell you, it was practically everything you could think of that’s ever been posted on Facebook.

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